It is Christmas. Last night we celebrated Christmas Eve with two special worship services. I rejoiced to be a part of the St. Paul's fellowship, being given the opportunity to worship together. it lifted the soul to sing the familiar Christmas hymns, hear the Christmas Gospel and share in the Christmas joy.
We rose this morning and opened our presents from one another. Then we went to church and opened the greatest gift of all - the gift of a Savior.
I wonder to myself how many people celebrated Christmas today and don't really believe in Jesus as their Savior. Is that possible? Is it possible that there are people in the world today who don't believe "For unto you is born today in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord"? Is it possible that there are people who don't know that the meaning of Christmas is not the presents under the tree, the ham on the table or the decorations on the house? Is that really possible in today's world?
Yes! Not all people celebrate Christmas because it is the birth of their Savior. They just like the celebration that takes place with the family and the gifts that they will receive. And when the day is over, they still do not believe and therefore will actually be on their way to hell. Ouch! That isn't possible is it? People are going to hell today, Christmas Day?
When you and I finally believe that fact, we will start to pay attention to the role that the shepherds played in the Christmas story. They saw the baby in the cradle and then they began to tell others. Everywhere they went, they told others about the Savior who was born. They wanted the world to know all about the precious gift that had been given to them, to the world.
That is what you and I are to do. We finished the service today with the hymn, "Go Tell It On The Mountain." Go tell the good news. Go let people know that there is hope to be found in the Son of God, the Savior of the world. I feel that need to share the good news. Do you?